About the legacy of the Soviet space program in the magazine Arche


From the second half of the 1950’s and two decades thereafter, space was the scene of a symbolically, technically and culturally significant part of the cold war between USSR and USA, and their respective allies. The Soviet Union long held the lead in the so called space race. The first satellite, the first dog and the first man in space are still well known to many and they have put their mark on the image and memory of the Soviet Union.

In the latest issue of the magazine Arche you can read the article “På rymdens botten” (‘At the bottom of space’) by Maria Engström, Senior Lecturer in Russian at the Department of Modern Languages, about how the legacy of the Soviet space program is interpreted and used in present day in the official cultural policy, in radical conservative circles and in Russian visual art. Different political forces and ideological movements want to capitalize on the potential of mobilisation they perceive in the memory if the Russian space. Not least as a way of reconstructing the imperial idea and to legitimise superpower ambitions in today’s Russia.

About Arche issue 2020 72-73 (in Swedish)

Arche is a magazine about psychoanalysis, humanities and architecture. Arche was appointed cultural magazine of the year 2018 by the Association of Swedish Cultural Magazines (in Swedish)


Last modified: 2021-09-14